"Sometimes in life we must fight not only without fear, but also without hope.” – Alessandro PertiniPerhaps you were drawn to your job due to a strong desire to make a difference in the world.
"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."Suffering is, and always will be, universal.
“Despite 30 years’ experience as a registered mental health nurse I didn’t recognise, acknowledge or even notice the range of symptoms I had been experiencing, or how they had been affecting me. It was only when I finally cried at work that I realised something was wrong.”
“Compassionate people ask for what they need. They say no when they need to, and when they say yes, they mean it. They’re compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.” – Brené BrownCompassionate boundary setting involves deciding what you will and won’t accept for your wellbeing, and it’s a skill you can get better at over time.
“Helpers typically do not ask for help. Certainly not I. Perhaps hardest, was to reconcile how my service as a helping professional, service that I was called to and passionate about doing, was hurting me. In the past, I could not fathom this and did not realise that I needed to take care of me while taking care of others. I get it now. This is hard work, painful and distressing work. As important as it is, this work comes with a price, and so I need help to do it well and take care of myself in the process.”If you’re struggling with compassion fatigue, it’s important to tell your supervisor how you're feeling.